Pregame notes: Red-hot Martin sits


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is hitting .435 on this seven-game homestand and has 10 hits in the last five games after an 0-for-12 stretch.

So why did Martin sit for Sunday's series finale against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday?

Hector Santiago.

The Angels left-hander is just 3-7 on the season, yet Martin struggles against left-handers, where he's hitting just .198 on the year. Manager Ron Washington wants to play Martin everyday but still doesn't trust him against lefties.

Washington is confident enough in Martin that he will move him up in the order. After hitting in the lower portions of the batting lineup for most of the season, Martin batted fifth on Saturday night, the 10th time that's occurred.

"I want to play every day, no matter if it's a left-hander or a right-hander," Martin said. "When the situation comes, I do my best for my team."

Daniel Robertson replaced Martin in center on Sunday.

Rehab setback for Beltre: Right fielder Engel Beltre, on the 60-day disabled list recovering from a fractured right tibia, left a rehab start in the third inning of a game on Saturday night in Arizona. Beltre has missed the entire season recovering from the leg injury and there is no timetable regarding when he'll return.

Rotation set for South Beach: The Rangers have Monday off and will then have a brief two-game series at Miami. Miles Mikolas 91-5, 7.71) and Nick Martinez (2-9, 5.27) will pitch in the series. Both pitchers have ties to South Florida. Mikolas is from Jupiter, Fla., and Martinez is from Miami. "It's going to be fun to have family and friends down there to watch," Mikolas said."Nick and I will have a lot of people down there rooting for us."